Program: Production Engineering
Institution: Industri- och materialvetenskap
Examinator: Kristina Wärmefjord
Handledare: Stefan Cedergren & Sunney Fotedar
Opponenter: Rahul Gowda Bangalore Rudre Gowda & Max Lundström
In today’s globalized marketplace, businesses of all kinds experience a constant change in customer needs and demands. For a company to stay competitive, it is essential to have flexible production systems, which allow for rapid production changes and ensure that new products are effectively and quickly introduced into the factory. Before a new product, or a change in product specifications, is introduced into the production system, two main areas must be carefully evaluated: the identification of the critical features of the product and the categorization of the machines suitable for performing the machining operations required for that product.
GKN Aerospace, as the whole aerospace industry, manufactures an enormous amount of product variants, with different design and mechanical specifications. On the other side, the company has a large number of resources to select from. As a result, when it comes to introducing new products into their production system, selecting the right resources is a complex operation. Hence, it is crucial to understand how product features and machine capabilities relate to each other and how this relationship can be used to effectively allocate resources. The purpose of the project is to examine a specific number of both products and machines for identifying the critical parameters that have a direct effect on resource allocation.